See also: Alligator and al·ligàtor

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

 
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From early Modern English alligater, alligarta, aligarto, alegarto, alagarto, from Spanish el lagarto (the lizard), from Latin lacertus (lizard), modern spelling possibly influenced by the unrelated Latin alligator (one who binds).

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NounEdit

alligator (plural alligators)

  1. Either of two species of large amphibious reptile, Alligator mississippiensis or Alligator sinensis, in the genus Alligator within order Crocodilia, which have sharp teeth and very strong jaws and are native to the Americas and China, respectively.
    All you could see of the alligator were its two eyes above the water, and suddenly it snatched up and caught the poor bird with its strong jaws full of sharp teeth.
    • 2002, Maurice Burton, Robert Burton, International Wildlife Encyclopedia, page 38,
      Alligators and crocodiles look extremely alike.
      The main distinguishing feature is the teeth. In a crocodile the teeth in its upper and lower jaws are in line, but in an alligator, when its mouth is shut, the upper teeth lie outside the lower ones.
    • 2007, Bernie McGovern (editor), Florida Almanac: 2007-2008, 17th Edition, page 243,
      In 1967, the federal government declared alligators to be an Endangered Species and prohibited gator hunting and the sale of hides. The alligator responded and by the mid-1970s, the reptile numbers soared to an estimated half-million.
    • 2012, Thomas N. Tozer, Pierre's Journey to Florida: Diary of a Young Huguenot in the Sixteenth Century, unnumbered page,
      They ran to the village screaming at the top of their lungs that an alligator was coming after them. Several of the men in Alimacani retrieved from a storehouse the tool they used to catch alligators.
  2. (Nigeria) dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis)
  3. Any of various machines with strong jaws, one of which opens like the movable jaw of an alligator.
    1. (metalworking) A form of squeezer for the puddle ball.
    2. (mining) A rock breaker.
    3. (printing) A kind of job press.
  4. Any of various vehicles that have relatively long, low noses in front of a cab or other, usually windowed, structure.
SynonymsEdit
  • (reptile within Crocodilia): gator (informal)
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VerbEdit

alligator (third-person singular simple present alligators, present participle alligatoring, simple past and past participle alligatored)

  1. (intransitive, of paint or other coatings) To crack in a pattern resembling an alligator's skin.
    • 2003, Carson Dunlop & Associates, Essentials of Home Inspection: Roofing, page 24,
      Alligatoring is a result of the sun making the top surface of the asphalt brittle.
    • 2004, James E. Piper, Handbook of Facility Assessment, page 39,
      Sealing an area that is alligatoring is a temporary solution that may delay having to replace the asphalt for several years. A more permanent repair would be to replace the alligatored section.
    • 2009, Kären M. Hess, Christine M. H. Orthmann, Criminal Investigation, page 483,
      Common burn indicators include alligatoring, crazing, the depth of char, lines of demarcation, sagged furniture springs and spalling.

InterjectionEdit

alligator

  1. Used in a common chronometric counting scheme, in which each iteration is sequentially numbered and supposed to be approximately one second in length.

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Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Latin alligātor.

NounEdit

alligator (plural alligators)

  1. (obsolete) One who binds or ties.
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DanishEdit

NounEdit

alligator c (singular definite alligatoren, plural indefinite alligatorer)

  1. alligator

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DutchEdit

 
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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English alligator, from Spanish el lagarto (the lizard).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌɑ.liˈɣaː.tɔr/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: al‧li‧ga‧tor
  • Rhymes: -aːtɔr

NounEdit

alligator m (plural alligators, diminutive alligatortje n)

  1. alligator, crocodilian of the genus Alligator [from 18th c.]

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English alligator.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

alligator m (plural alligators)

  1. alligator (animal)

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LatinEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

alligo (I bind) +‎ -tor

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NounEdit

alligātor m (genitive alligātōris); third declension

  1. one who ties or binds
    • 4 CEc. 70 CE, Columella, De Re Rustica 4.13:
      Impedationem deinde sequitur alligator, cuius officium est ut rectam vitem producat in iugum.
      • Translation by H. B. Ash
        Then, after the propping, comes the binder, whose task it is to train the vine upright to the frame.

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative alligātor alligātōrēs
Genitive alligātōris alligātōrum
Dative alligātōrī alligātōribus
Accusative alligātōrem alligātōrēs
Ablative alligātōre alligātōribus
Vocative alligātor alligātōrēs

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Spanish el lagarto (the lizard), via English alligator

NounEdit

alligator m (definite singular alligatoren, indefinite plural alligatorer, definite plural alligatorene)

  1. alligator

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Spanish el lagarto (the lizard), via English alligator

NounEdit

alligator m (definite singular alligatoren, indefinite plural alligatorar, definite plural alligatorane)

  1. alligator

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SwedishEdit

NounEdit

alligator c

  1. alligator (animal)

DeclensionEdit

Declension of alligator 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative alligator alligatorn alligatorer alligatorerna
Genitive alligators alligatorns alligatorers alligatorernas

West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Dutch alligator.

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NounEdit

alligator c (plural alligators, diminutive alligatorke)

  1. alligator